Avatar and would have recommended it to anyone in a heart beat. But now I'm not so sure because I don't want to make anybody depressed. I read a news article recently about post-Avatar depression (and for the life of me cannot find it). I found this older article instead. Apparently, after watching Avatar, people became depressed that Pandora and the Na'vi aren't real and that they can't really visit Pandora. I was drawn to James Cameron's beautiful, utopian world and was a little sad that I lived in this sucky one instead. But the feeling quickly passed for me. However, not everyone was so lucky. Some people are so depressed that they are even suicidal. There are forums out there for people experiencing post-Avatar depression.
(Like my picture? It's Na'vi Tara. Haha!)
Crazy as it sounds, I think I get it. Movies nowadays are so realistic (and often go beyond the realm of reality) and can suck you into that fantasy. I mean, don't we go to the movies to escape in a way? That's why my favorite books are filled with fantasy and magic. It's my escape. In the same vein, it's understandable that some people don't know how to get back to reality.
I said that our world was sucky, but I don't really mean it. I think people lose sight of what's good in this world and dwell on the bad. But I am forever the optimist. Sure, we don't run half-naked and barefoot in the forests, have the tree of souls, and ride on giant flying creatures. But there's still a lot to appreciate in the world they do live. Hopefully, those suffering from post-Avatar depression will see the light.
P.S. On a totally unrelated note, my hair was butchered today! I am very unhappy with my haircut. I usually have pretty sideswept bangs. But the hair dresser chopped them off. Now they are about half an inch above my eyebrows and totally uneven. Not only that, the rest of the cut isn't much better. I look hideous and am tramatized! I'm going to go put on hat and cry now.